Thursday, January 26, 2012

Gypsum Mine & Elephant Butte

Jimmy led us on a fun ride to a couple of unique areas in the desert.  Next to the gypsum mine is a steep, rocky trail that takes you up to the top of the mountain where you have a magnificent 360 degree view to the distant horizon.  Click on photos to enlarge.

Jimmy, Ellen, Gail, Terry

Elephant Butte is a rock formation that from the right angle looks exactly like an elephant's head.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Back To Box & Martinez Canyons

As fate would have it, I rode with another group that went back to canyons.  However, we took a different route most of the way so it was like a new ride.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Box & Martinez Canyons

Another great ride in the Arizona desert.  The EveryTrail link is  A video of VWs in the canyon is at

Keith & Jane - who I first met in SD and who recommended the Arizonian RV park

Old stagecoach depot

Start of Box Canyon

Challenging ride

Friday, January 13, 2012

Meteor Crater

50,000 years ago, a meteor estimated to be 150 feet across and weighing several hundred thousand tons hit the earth west of Winslow, AZ at about 26,000 miles per hour.  What was left was a crater 700 feet deep and over 4,000 feet across.

Here's a photo from 1986 at the same crater.  It's good to see that I have not changed much. <grin>

Jerome & Sedona, AZ

Jerome is an old mining town that was built on the side of a mountain.  Today, it has restaurants, boutiques, and other specialty stores which makes it a good day trip from the Phoenix area.

Just my luck

Sedona is an upscale community (read "big bucks") with a touch of bohemian lifestyle located in an area known for its beautiful red rocks.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Superstition Mountains Ride

Jimmy led us over to the base of the Superstition Mountains and back.  It was a scenic and at times, challenging 28.4 mile ride.  The EveryTrail link is

Friday, January 06, 2012

Montana Mountain Ride

This morning 20 ATVers met at the back gate, divided into 2 groups of 10, and rode 61 miles to Montana Mountain and back.  The Arizonian is the most ATV oriented campground I have ever visited.  It's a great way to be introduced to desert riding.  Here is an EveryTrail link to the ride:

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Off The Road Again

There are so many places to ride an ATV off-road in the western states that I traded my Gold Wing motorcycle for a Polaris Rzr 800 side-by-side.  Today, I went for my first ride with a group from the campground and I must say that I was impressed with both the comfort and the capability of the machine.  And there is no better way to see the back country.

The cleanest my UTV will ever be 

Those daring young men and their flying machines 

Great desert view 

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Chiricahua National Monument

The Chiricahua National Monument located in southeast Arizona is known for its vertical rock formations.  It has an 8-mile scenic drive and 17-miles of hiking trails.  In my opinion, this is one of those parks that is best viewed from the hiking trails so allow plenty of time for your visit.